Kojiro Ganryu Sasaki (895364) writes "A famous Swedish translator of Japanese manga has been fined 25000 crowns (3400 us dollars or 2500 euro) for possession of 51 fictional drawings which were deemed to be child pornographic. Many libertarian and liberal blogs have criticized this case (and the law) along with the pirate party which is now considering the possibility of making a press statement on the issue (mainly relating to how the police confiscated the translator's harddrives without returning them). Three of Sweden's largest newspapers (Aftonbladet, Expressen and Dagens Nyheter) have also criticized the case which also gets mentioned on the homepage of the Swedish non-profit comic book awareness organization Seriefrämjandet. To complicate matters a new law kicks in on the first of july not only raising the minimum age of participation in pornography to 18, but also criminalizes the act of viewing such material even if the images are not in your actual possession."
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